Corey is an avid supporter of services/programs that level the playing field for all students accessing an equitable environment for learning. As someone who has favored non-traditional education, Corey seeks to empower students and educators with the right tools to ensure the best learning experience possible. Corey is a Madison, Wisconsin native and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Community & Non-profit Leadership from the University of Wisconsin and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership from Seattle University. Currently, he serves as the Annual Giving Officer for Refugee Women’s Alliance serving our newest neighbors in King County. Away from work, Corey enjoys hiking, camping, and home projects.
Cassandra started with TIPS (formerly UTSS) in 2016 and has served as the Executive Director since September 2017. Prior to TIPS, she served two terms as President of the Seattle Council (SC) PTSA, where she launched a partnership between SPS, SCPTSA and local food banks to further the impact of “Food for Schools”, a program that provides weekend food backpacks for students. Seattle Public Schools recognized her in 2015 for her outstanding service. She has also served as a member of the Seattle Mayor’s Education Advisory Committee, UWKC Impact Council, Chair of the Seattle Tutoring Coalition and the Board of the Woodland Park Zoo.
Cassandra has four daughters and enjoys tennis, being on the water, and traveling.
Aniyah Mohammed graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Psychology and Communication, where she also studied Arabic. She plans to pursue graduate work in school psychology to better understand and help underserved groups within the educational system. She continuously seeks opportunities that will equip her with the tools needed to address diversity in communities and the consequences brought upon by the pitfalls within the educational system.
Aniyah Mohammed graduated from the University of Washington studying Psychology, Communication, and Arabic. She plans to pursue graduate work in school psychology to better understand and help underserved groups within the educational system. She continuously seeks opportunities that will equip her with the tools needed to address diversity in communities and the consequences brought upon by the pitfalls within the educational system.
Cassandra started with TIPS (formerly UTSS) in 2016 and has served as the Executive Director since September 2017.
Prior to TIPS, she served two terms as President of the Seattle Council (SC) PTSA, where she launched a partnership between SPS, SCPTSA and local food banks to further the impact of “Food for Schools”, a program that provides weekend food backpacks for students. Seattle Public Schools recognized her in 2015 for her outstanding service. She has also served as a member of the Seattle Mayor’s Education Advisory Committee, UWKC Impact Council, Chair of the Seattle Tutoring Coalition and the Board of the Woodland Park Zoo.
Cassandra has four daughters and enjoys tennis, being on the water, and traveling.
Aniyah Mohammed first joined UTSS as a tutor in 2020 and currently serves as the Program Manager. She graduated from the University of Washington and studied Psychology, Communication, and Arabic. She plans to pursue graduate work in school counseling to better understand and help underserved groups within the educational system. She continuously seeks opportunities that will equip her with the tools needed to address diversity in communities and the consequences brought upon by the pitfalls within the educational system.
In her free time, she likes to write young-adult novels. Also, she loves traveling and cross-cultural experiences.
Marisa is the Founding Program Director of the Seattle Teacher Residency program, a teacher preparation program directly serving Seattle’s high poverty schools in partnership between Seattle Public Schools, the UW College of Education, the Seattle Education Association, and the Alliance for Education. Prior to taking on this role in 2012, Marisa was Coordinator of the Secondary Teacher Education Program at the University of Washington. She was responsible for all aspects of the program, particularly ensuring cohesiveness between program curriculum and school practicum experiences, building partnerships with schools in which teacher candidates were placed, and facilitating the work of university coaches who supported teacher candidates in the field. Marisa has been an educator for 25 years, beginning her career as a special education teacher of students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism, ages Pre-K through 12th grade. While serving in a leadership role as a site coordinator of her school’s university partnership, Marisa developed an interest in teacher education and the role practitioners play in supporting new teacher development. She came to Seattle to pursue her Doctorate in Education at the University of Washington, which she received in 2009. There, her studies focused on teacher learning across a continuum from novice to veteran, with a particular interest in learning as it is negotiated within communities of practice. When not focused on education, Marisa enjoys world travel, fitness, good food, and returning to her Jersey shore roots for some beach time.
My name is Nicole and I grew up farming in Duvall, Washington but moved to Seattle to pursue further education. I received a BS in biological anthropology at UW and am currently a graduate student in SPU’s Master of Arts in Teaching program. My goal is to become a high school or middle school health teacher!
Marysia Koltonowska (they/she) is a junior at the University of Washington. They are pursuing a double major in Law, Societies, and Justice (LSJ) and Spanish, with the long-term goal of becoming a high school librarian. In their free time, they enjoy reading, playing volleyball, and going out to eat with friends.
Hello! My name is Jane Park (she/her) and I grew up in Seattle my whole life. I graduated from Seattle University with a B.A. in forensic psychology and I’m passionate about all social justice-related issues. I’m super excited to work with UTSS this year and look forward to building meaningful relationships with the kids, staff, and team!
After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from the Ohio State University, Gary moved to Chicago where he worked in theatre, both as a performer and producer. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Education at Western Governors University.
Hi! I am Dena Al-Mousawi, a recent college graduate from the University of Washington, Seattle. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and I am currently a graduate student at PSU studying Higher Education Administration. I look forward to working with you!
I’m Ben; a radio board operator; aspiring author; strategy game, physics, and history enthusiast; and tutor. I look forward to helping as many students as I can understand the principles behind what they’re being taught rather than just memorizing the material.
I am a counseling student at Seattle university excited to be working with University Tutors Seattle Schools. I believe that every person deserves a quality education and an environment where they can realize their talents and abilities. I enjoy reading, biking, and making music in my free time.
Anthony Drew is a Budget and Finance Analyst at Seattle Public Schools. Previously, Anthony worked as a school finance researcher with the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University. He earned his Master of Education Policy degree from the University of Washington. While working toward his degree, he served as a classroom tutor with UTSS, where his belief in the mission of the organization strengthened. He continues this important work as a member of the board.
Kyle is committed to improving the effectiveness of classroom teachers and increasing opportunities for students to receive more personalized and focused support. As a former UTSS tutor and a classroom teacher of 10 years, Kyle believes in the mission of the organization. Kyle joined the board of directors to support tutor recruitment, training and to expand the impact of UTSS. Currently, Kyle teaches 9th grade honors world history and 11th grade US history at Ballard High School. He is passionate about media literacy, blended learning, ethnic studies and dialogue across difference. Kyle is a SPS district leader in blended and digital learning and an active member of Ballard’s STAR (Students and Teachers Against Racism). Before moving to Seattle in 2016, Kyle taught computer applications and media literacy and was Director of Student Portfolio Exhibition for 7 years at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington DC. In 2013 he was selected as an inaugural Education Innovation Fellows and in 2015 he worked as a Pulitzer Center & Project Zero Global Lens Teaching Fellow.
Laura Stowell graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Communications: Advertising. She loves the beach, trying new foods, and spending time with her husband and three kids. She is passionate about educational justice and creating equitable, high-quality public schooling.
Lucia Bellino recently graduated from Rutgers University with her bachelor’s degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences. In addition to tutoring through UTSS, Lucia is continuing to research Martian mineralogy and hopes to attend graduate school for Planetary Science. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog, reading, and embroidering.
My name is Eva Chuc and I am so excited to be a tutor this year! I am a Youth Advocate and I’m passionate about integrating social and emotional literacy when working with students! This will be my second year working with students within SPS!
Hello there! My name is Lena, and I’m beginning my third year as a tutor with UTSS. I am passionate about helping young scholars meet their goals and become engaged learners. I am also currently working toward my Master’s in School Counseling to learn how to better support youth through their education.
Hi, My name is Shamey Kassim a tutor working at John Muir Elementary School in their 2nd-grade classroom. I am a recent graduate from the University of Washington with a degree in Biology and I am currently in the process of applying to medical school with the hopes of becoming a family medicine physician. I have 4 years of experience working as both a research assistant and a laboratory technician where I was able to master laboratory techniques and increase my understanding of many complex scientific topics. Pursuing a STEM degree can be difficult as an underrepresented student, my goal of becoming a tutor is to provide that representation and help inspire the next generation of scientists and physicians. When I’m not at work you can find me in the gym being an amateur powerlifter or in my kitchen where I bake for my friends and family.
Peter Richards, he/him/his preferred pronouns, is a professional artist and musician based in Seattle with a double major in theater and english from Whitman college. He is overjoyed to join the John Muir Elementary Community for the 2021-22 school year.
I was born in Michoacan Mexico. My background is in Spanish Literature and Education. I worked as an Elementary Teacher in Michoacan for six years and later spent time traveling in North America and Europe before moving to Seattle. I’m a Mother of two active and smart kids. I love cooking, gardening and long walks. In my free time I work with my family and other artisan from Mexico designing and selling Jewelry in the Seattle area.
I am a lifelong Seattle resident and graduate of the Seattle Public School District. I am happy to be joining the UTSS team and look forward to a great year!
Eliza has a BA in English and counts reading as one of her top leisure activities. She enjoys working and learning with kids of all ages. She is a tutor at John Muir Elementary.
I am originally from Snohomish, Washington, but have been living in Seattle for the last 6 years. I attended the University of Washington where I got a bachelors degree in biology and neuroscience and was a member of the Women’s Track and Field team. I am currently attending Seattle University to become a school psychologist.
Zabia Colovos (they/them preferred pronouns) is a multi-disciplinary artist, facilitator and educator whose work centers the liberation, joy and healing of QT2BIPOC and our planet. Zabia received their bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and Critical Race Theory, completing a research fellowship in Ghana on Black liberation and spirituality titled “Critical Race Theories and Black American Life in Religious Repatriate Ghanaian Communities”. Later they returned to the PNW to spend time with family and loved ones, and soon after found a home within Seattle’s QTBI performance and academic communities. Zabia leverages experience with restorative justice, grief & reconciliation, community accountability processes and radical connection in their racial equity work at Ingraham High School, creating inclusive spaces and facilitating joy for BIPOC students.
K.O. manages the development and implementation of the Academy for Rising Educators (ARE) program – Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and Seattle Central College “homegrown” teacher talent initiative focused on assisting SPS high school students, Instructional Assistants and community members in entering the field of education as certificated teachers (formerly known as SPS’s “Class to Cert” program).
K.O. is an all but dissertation Doctoral of Educational Leadership candidate (Fostering Supportive Communities for BIPOCs: The impact of targeted Student Support Services for URM at Predominately White Institutions) from the University of Washington, Tacoma. K.O. is a first-generation college graduate and master’s recipient who graduated from Birmingham Southern College with a B.S. in Economics and Math and earned an M.S. in Educational Policy from University of Washington, Seattle. K.O.’s identity and experiences influence his commitment to behavioral economics and critical race research. During the past couple years, K.O. has worked in the Seattle community in non-profits, Seattle Public Schools, King County Housing Authority, and an Academic Counselor at University of Washington, Seattle-Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D).
Trish comes to the board with 20+ years of finance and project management experience and a passion for providing children the support they deserve in the classroom to reach their potential. She is currently a Senior Finance Manager at Amazon, supporting Amazon Pay. Trish is married with a daughter and a son, her daughter a recent Fordham University graduate living in NYC and her son a sophomore at University of Idaho.
Stephanie is a passionate advocate for educational opportunity. A California native raised in the Midwest, she chose to make Seattle home and has lived here for twenty years. She’s worn many hats as an educator, serving as a teacher, education researcher, nonprofit leader, parent/community leader, and project program manager in a variety of education and community spaces locally. She has a doctorate in Education Policy from Northwestern University and is always looking for ways to better serve student and school needs through policy and practice. She particularly champions bringing mentors and advocates into children’s lives through tutoring, “anywhere, anytime learning” and family engagement.
Stephanie has three children, all Seattle Public Schools graduates, and has recently launched a fiction writing career, focused on children’s literature. In her free time, she loves food, travel, exploring neighborhoods and spending time with friends and family – hiking, skiing, paddle boarding and playing board games.
As the 2020-21 tutor board representative, Christal will bring her knowledge and experiences from the classroom to the boardroom and will serve as an integral member of the Program Committee.
Han comes to the board with extensive experience in banking and finance. He is currently the Senior Vice President at Harvest and also a managing partner at Pogoda Investments. Han has two daughters, a SPS graduate and current high school senior
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This will be my 6th year of tutoring at John Muir Elementary. I started tutoring at my son’s schools, then kept on since I found it so rewarding, even and especially with the challenges students can have. I love working in kindergarten, doing everything I can to help my teacher keep them interested, encouraged, happy, and growing.
I’m a widow with a college graduate working son. He has a disability, so I spent his early school years learning along with him how to overcome and succeed. We were very grateful for Seattle Public School programs, teachers, support staff. I started tutoring along with volunteering, and just kept on since I found it so rewarding.
This is my 6th year at John Muir.
Jenna Shames has been working with kids for over 10 years. She loves helping kids find a way to connect what they love with education. She was born and raised in the Seattle area and is passionate about being an advocate for anti-racism and equity.
Lena graduated from the University of Washington In June 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. She has been a UTSS tutor at Northgate Elementary since 2018.
I am Tetiana Vozniuk, a senior at the University of Washington studying Education. I have previously worked tutoring first graders, however, once graduated I plan to teach high school ESL. I am into all PNW things, such as hiking, kayaking, coffee, etc. I am looking forward to this school year!
I am very happy to be joining Mercer International Middle School as a tutor! I have been tutoring since I was in high school. I love it, and find it very rewarding. Outside of tutoring, I love to sing, read, walk, bike, and spend time with my daughter.
David Wishnick is from Skokie, IL and graduated from Madison, Wisconsin with a B.S in Chemical Engineering and moved to Seattle, WA in 2005. Since then, he earned his MBA form Seattle University. He has been tutoring with UTSS at Chief Stealth International H.S since 2006 and lives in Beacon Hill.
Serena Swegle has worked for UTSS for two years at both Pathfinder K-8 and Chief Sealth International High School. Prior to working for UTSS, she was an IA at Seattle World School. She graduated from the U.W. in finance and accounting and has worked as an auditor, a financial analyst, a stock researcher, an investment banker and an SEC staff member. She has two kids of her own and is very passionate about education, especially about making great math education accessible to more students. To this end, she recently self-published her first book, Calculus for Middle Schoolers, which puts this subject into a format that young students can engage with and even enjoy.
Sarah grew up in Mount Vernon, WA with her parents and two younger sisters. She attended Pacific Lutheran University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, minoring in Hispanic Studies and Business Administration. Her passion for helping others through effective and transparent public administration led her to the UW Evans School where she received her MPA, specializing in analysis and evaluation. When Sarah is not working, she can usually be found drinking coffee and spending quality time with her husband and spoiling her two fur babies, Guapo and Bella.
Richard West is from Fort Worth, Texas, and studied Linguistics and related topics at Grinnell College and Ohio University. He taught English in Thailand for a while, then he moved back to the US to teach ESL around Ohio and then Seattle. He lives in Seattle with his family and enjoys music, sports, games, and reading.
Peter Wu has been teaching and tutoring middle school math for the past three years. He has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Education, and loves math, technology, and music.
This is Ngan Dang and she recently graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a B.S. Physiology degree. She worked as a UTSS math tutor when she was a Freshman and is back again after 4 years because she enjoys working with students as they engage in the learning process!
Christal Lee is very excited to be working with students again after a hiatus from teaching mostly science and a little math for 8 years in Federal Way Public Schools. A life-long Seattleite and graduate of Seattle Public Schools herself, Christal’s Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is from the University of Washington. After a couple years discovering her passion was for teaching and not researching, she left a chemistry Ph.D. program at Penn State to get a Master’s in Teaching from Seattle University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and finds it endlessly rewarding to learn from students and to help students learn about both the world around them and themselves as individuals. When not in the classroom, Christal enjoys baking, hiking, playing board games, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, and doing science with her elementary aged cousins.
I graduated from the University of Washington in 2019 with a Bachelors in Sociology. This is my 3rd year in the Seattle School District. I have worked at John Muir and Madrona Elementary schools in tutoring and afterschool care roles, respectively. I love Legos, Disney, and cooking!
Seattle, WA central district native. Graduate from the Academy of Art University has done work with youth for over 6 years from Art programs to community outreach programs. Now at Ingraham he is Student Success Coordinator and also advocates for black and brown youth.
Danuta is a pre-service school counselor in Seattle Pacific University’s Master of Education Program. As a mom to two teens, she has seen the difference that can be made in the lives of children by effective educators and she is excited to be a part of that support system.
After working as an electrician for 25 years, Brenda decided to give back to the community by volunteering to assist teachers and run the Global Reading Challenge at John Muir Elementary School. Two years later Brenda was hired as a reading tutor. Today Brenda co-teaches 4th grade at John Muir.
My name is Becky Nicholas. This is my third year with UTSS. I love being a reading tutor at John Muir! I have lived in Washington my whole life, and in Seattle for 20 years. Before joining the UTSS team, I taught pre-school and worked in childcare for 25 years. I have two kids, a 7th grader at Mercer and a Senior at Franklin. I love reading, spending time with my family, being outdoors, hiking, gardening, and walking or running with my dog.
I am a retired Elementary School Principal who substitutes in Seattle Schools, primary in grades K-2.
I have 40 years of experience in classrooms.
I am an avid storyteller who uses my stories to bring attention to social issues, build vocabulary and reinforce retelling strategies.
The use of drama and drawings are used to enhance comprehension and vocabulary.
I also use digital books from the Seattle Public Library for reading practice, making predictions, rhyming words, identifying sight words and building vocabulary.
Math is focused around computational fluency, Math games with movement and songs are the primary vehicles used to build fluency.
I have high expectations and encourage students to always give their best effort.
Azucena Orozco is entering her second year at South Seattle College. She is pursuing a degree in Kinesiology and hopes to work with athletes in the future. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, being outdoors, and painting.
Ayden Bolin graduated from the University of Puget Sound in May of 2020 with a BS in Biology and additional minor coursework in Anthropology and Sociology. He hopes to build a future working with students to help them realize their potential as lifelong learners. In his freetime, Ayden likes to listen to music, watch Khan Academy videos, ride his bike, or go whitewater kayaking.
Ana Rodriguez-Knutsen graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality. She enjoys cultivating a love for learning in children and believes empathy and education are key to creating a kinder world. Ana enjoys cartoons, video games, good stories, and occasionally speaking in third person.
Yitong Zhong is a senior undergraduate student pursuing a degree in education at the University of Washington. She is passionate about supporting child education and wants to pursue a career in education in the future. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, cooking, and listening to music.
My name is Molly Baryo and I love being a tutor for UTSS. I have an Associates in Chemistry, a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and am working towards my pharmacy technician license. Math and science are my main focuses. I believe everyone deserves a quality education and love to be a part of that.
Rebekah is a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College with degrees in both Psychology and Theater. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her two puppies (Zuko and Zayde), sing, paint, and go hiking! She grew up in Seattle and is excited to be back this year.
Mike has a background in technology, and has founded and sold two software and analytics companies. He has a PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University. He is very passionate about education, and is currently exploring ways to use software and data science to improve outcomes for students.
My name is Hailey Brumley and I am so excited to be a tutor for you this year! I attend the University of Washington and study Education, Communities, and Organizations. I enjoy being with friends and family, travelling, and listening to Taylor Swift.
This year will be my second year tutoring elementary school students. I love working with kids on reading, writing, language, and thinking! I also have two children who were students in Seattle Public Schools. In my spare time, I like to write and sometimes make movies.
Dhani Srinivasan graduated from Ballard High School in the SPS district in June 2020. She will be attending Pomona College in Fall 2021. She is passionate about educational justice and creating learning communities in the classroom as well as challenging racism in Seattle Schools.
Azka Qasim is entering her senior year at University of Washington. Her major is Education, Communities and Organizations. She has been working as a math tutor for the last year and loved helping kids understand math and make it easier for them. Her hobbies include hiking, board games, and she loves traveling and exploring new places/cultures.
Zhiyu “Z” Maile is entering her second year at University of Washington. She is studying Anthropology, a degree she hopes will further her passions for travel, photography, and working with youth. She hopes to someday work for an organization that promotes gender equity and creates opportunities for all students to receive the education they deserve.
Liz seeks to better prepare, support, and empower educators in their work to provide quality education to all students. As a former elementary school teacher, Liz understands the dynamic and challenging realities of a classroom environment and the unfortunate disconnect that often exists between district policies and student growth. Her experiences in the classroom drew Liz to the education policy field where since 2015 she has worked with The Seattle Public Library, The National P-3 Center, The MEP program at UW, and Edunomics Lab to support programs that seek to better understand educator challenges and mentor them in their work.
In her role with UTSS, Liz collaborates with Seattle Public Schools and local community-based partners to put more qualified adults into classrooms and to support the development of meaningful relationships for students and teachers. She also develops and facilitates training opportunities for administrators, teachers, tutors, and other adults working in classrooms.
When not at work, Liz enjoys reading, baking sourdough bread, and playing outside with her husband and their dog.